Our bus trip from Acapulco to the capital had been eventful. En route, the bus had slowed down when a group of people stood in the road. They were holding big sticks and machetes! Everything had gone so smoothly up until then, but this wasn't looking good. There was some banter between the driver and the group. The door of the bus opened and they all got on. "Buenos Dias", each one said, smiling as they went past. Apparently, their truck had broken down and they needed a ride! The irony was that the security at the bus stations is so tight, and then half way through the journey, the bus driver lets a bunch of people with potential weapons on board!
It was our last day in Mexico City and we went to the Palacio Nacional, where the Mexican President has his offices. There were some impressive Diego Rivera murals and lots of groups of Mexican children on school trips. We also stopped by Templo Mayor, an Aztec sight that was discovered in 1978 and is still being excavated. It was very interesting and all the time new treasures are being uncovered. There was also a very good museum. Every time we visit somewhere like that, we wish we had studied archeology! It's so fascinating and there is still so much to be discovered. It seems even more amazing when it is in the middle of a big city! Under people's feet all the time! Lastly, we went to see Rivera's, 'Dream Of A Sunday Afternoon', one of his most famous murals.
We have had a great time in Mexico. It has been easy to travel around, the people have been friendly and helpful and it's a colourful and fun-loving country. We would definitely love to come back sometime, as a month hasn't been long enough and there is so much more to see and experience!
We had a fabulous few days in New York City. We had been away too long! We caught up with our lovely, lovely friends, Wendy and Linda. We went for lunch with them at the Cook Shop, an organic restaurant that serves micro beers and interesting cocktails. We walked along the Highline, the area previously used to transport freight on the now obsolete tracks. It is now a green urban area, used as a showcase for art installations and gives a different perspective of Manhattan. It was also very crowded, even in the cold March weather.
The Meatpacking District has been gentrified and is now full of cool shops and restaurants. Chelsea Market offers an enticing array of everything food related from elaborately iced cupcake to artisan breads. We checked out Marie's Crisis, a cosy piano bar, where everyone joins in singing show tunes round the piano.
A highlight for T was stumbling across 'Law And Order - Special Victims Unit' being filmed (her favourite TV show). T had her photo taken with Ice-T and Dann Florek and saw Mariska Haritgay doing her scene on the steps of the Supreme Court. We couldn't believe it, as we had talked about the possibility of coming across the set, but didn't really believe it would happen!
Lunch in China Town, happy hour in an East Village bar and s stroll through Central Park and Times Square, and all too soon it was time to head back to the UK. As usual, we were planning our next adventure before we even arrived back at Heathrow airport.